About 6.7% of middle school students in New York City public schools reported using e-cigarettes previous year, according to data released by the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH).
KDHE Secretary Lee Norman said he is "extremely alarmed" about people using vaping products and says they should stop until the cause of possibly vaping-related lung-related injuries and deaths have been determined.
Youth, young adults, pregnant women, as well as adults who do not now use tobacco products should not use e-cigarettes.
Patients are coming into hospitals with cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and vomiting.
USA health agencies are urging people to stop vaping while they investigate why e-cigarette users are dying.
If you are concerned about harmful effects from e-cigarette products, call WA Poison Control Center at: 1-800-222-1222.
Anyone who uses e-cigarette products should not buy these products off the street and should not use these products while the investigation is ongoing. Kansas becomes at least the sixth state to confirm a death possibly blamed on using e-cigarettes since last month.
Public health officials confirmed Tuesday that two people in Idaho have developed a serious lung disease linked to vaping. A lot of people amongst the affected - but not all - were people who said they had been vaping THC, the chemical that provides marijuana its high. To help gather and analyze as much information as possible, the FDA's laboratory is working closely with our federal and state partners to identify the products or substances that may be causing the illnesses.
Six cases of vaping-linked illness have now been reported in Kansas, with three of those cases confirmed. "We have alerted Hawai'i health care providers and emergency workers of this issue so they are aware, and will continue to investigate this possible local case and work to determine the cause of their illness". "Vitamin E acetate is not an approved additive for New York State Medical Marijuana Program-authorized vape products and was not seen in the nicotine-based products that were tested".
That same chemical was also found in almost all cannabis samples from patients who fell ill in NY in recent weeks, a state health department spokeswoman said.
The Washington Post report said many victims had ended up with acute respiratory distress syndrome, a life-threatening condition in which fluid builds up in the lungs and prevents the oxygen people's bodies need to function from circulating in the bloodstream.